Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 6-2 win over the Predators in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Bruins right ship: Perhaps it was the added motivation of having close to 20 of their mothers in attendance for Tuesday’s game in Nashville. Or maybe the Bruins were just finally sick of treading water for the past month. Whatever the reasoning was, the Bruins snapped their three-game losing skid in impressive fashion on Tuesday, besting the Predators by a final score of 6-2 at Bridgestone Arena.
Some much-needed scoring depth contributed on Tuesday, with six different Bruins lighting the lamp in the victory. In total, only five players on the B’s finished the game without a point (Kuraly, Chara, Moore, Carlo & Bjork). Even Tuukka Rask, who finished with 34 saves on 36 shots, closed out the contest with a helper on David Krejci’s empty-net tally with 55 seconds to go in regulation.
With the victory, the Bruins now improve to 25-8-11 on the season.
Finally some balance up front: Even if a revamped second line of DeBrusk-Krejci-Bjork didn’t exactly dominate when it came to generating O-zone possessions, the promotion of Bjork did allow some key pieces of Boston’s bottom-six forward corps to fall back into place — with Charlie Coyle slotting back to the third-line pivot between Danton Heinen and Brett Ritchie.
With Coyle back to driving a group against third-line competition, his line responded with a two-goal night, as Boston held a 5-0 edge in scoring chances when that trio was out on the ice. Add in a strong showing from the fourth line (a Chris Wagner goal and a 70.00% shot share), and it should come as no surprise that Boston won this one pretty handily with everyone pulling their weight.